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February 16, 2016
4:00 pm


                       ALUMNI READING

featuring Raven Jackson, Chip Boles, and Anthony Sims, Jr. 

A native of Tennessee, Raven Jackson is a poet and filmmaker currently attending New York University’s Graduate Film Program. A Cave Canem fellow and a graduate of the New School’s Writing Program, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in TriQuarterlyCALYXKweliPhantom LimbPANK, and elsewhere. She is on production on her fourth short film. 

Originally from Nashville, TN, Chip Boles has worked in a combination of traditional and digital media since 2001. Known for realistic illustrations of unreal things, his work tends toward the realistic-but-caricatured; the beautiful-but-monstrous. Boles holds an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2007) and a BFA from Austin Peay State University (2000). His illustration clients include The Wall Street Journal Asia and CNN. He illustrated and designed the Yokai Character Collection, which was featured in the New York Times Arts (May 20, 2015). Boles is also a mural and scenic painter, having worked for the series Nashville, as well as Nashville Children's Theater.

After finishing his English degree at APSU in 1999, Anthony Sims went on to an MFA in Film from Ohio University. His feature screenplay, Behemoth, was optioned by Lucy Darwin (Match Point, Lost in La Mancha) in 2006. His short film, "The Day After Stonewall Died" (dir. John Dower) won Best Short Film at the Cannes Short Film Festival. Anthony lives in Atlanta, splitting time between freelance content creation and learning to build web applications.


21st Annual Asanbe Diversity Symposium


Thursday, March 24th, 1:00 p.m.

Morgan University Center 303-305

NOVELIST Marnie Mueller was the first Caucasian born in the Tule Lake Japanese American Segregation Camp in northern California where her father, a pacifist, and her mother, a teacher, worked during World War II. In 1963 she joined the Peace Corps, reporting for duty on the day President Kennedy was assassinated. She spent two years in Ecuador living and working in a barrio. Later, she served as a community organizer in Harlem, as the Director of Summer Programming for New York City under Mayor Lindsay, as a producer of rock and folk concerts, and as the Program Director of Pacifica Radio in New York (WBAI). 

Her widely acclaimed first novel, Green Fires: A Novel of the Ecuadorian Rainforest received a 1995 American Book Award, and the 1995 Maria Thomas Award for Outstanding Fiction. Her second novel, The Climate of the Country, set in the Tule Lake Camp, Marnie Mueller transformed her remarkable personal experience in the relocation camp into fiction. She is currently completing a nonfiction book about her friendship with a Nisel showgirl/Broadway actress who was interned during the war in Minidoka Camp in Idaho. 

Sponsored by the APSU Department of Languages and Literature

April 12, 2016
8:00 pm


A Reading by ANN PANCAKE

author of Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley  (Counterpoint Press 2015)

Pancake's first novel, Strange As This Weather Has Been (Counterpoint 2007), features a southern West Virginia family devastated by mountaintop removal mining. Based on interviews and real events, the novel was one of Kirkus Review's Top Ten Fiction Books of 2007, won the 2007 Weatherford Award, and was a finalist for the 2008 Orion Book Award.

Her collection of short stories, Given Ground, won the 2000 Bakeless award, and she has also received a Whiting Award, an NEA Grant, a Pushcart Prize, and creative writing fellowships from the states of Washington, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies like The Georgia ReviewPoets and WritersNarrative, and New Stories from the South. She earned her BA in English at West Virginia University and a PhD. in English Literature from the University of Washington.

She now lives in Seattle and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University. (taken from

To read about previous participants in the Visiting Writers Series, visit our Visiting Writers webpage.

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